My Top 10 Favorite Spaces

Yesterday a slicer named Adrienne posted right before me a slice entitled: 5 of Our Favorite Places. It got me thinking about what would be on my list. Being married to an architect, the places I go tend to involve architectural wonders. So today I’m going to reflect on and write about my top favorite built environments. Thanks, Adrienne for helping me write today.

My Top 10 Favorite Spaces

The Lawn, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
* Thomas Jefferson designed a space to be a functioning academic village and called it the University of Virginia in 1812. As you walk the lawn today, all ten Pavilions showcase examples of classical architecture. If you haven’t visited the Lawn yet, I recommend taking a walk down this UNESCO World Heritage Site. (My husband, myself and one of our daughters also our proud UVA alums!)

The Morgan Library, New York, New York
* JP Morgan’s home on Madison Avenue in New York was already pretty impressive before architect Rezio Piano designed an addition. During my last visit there, I ordered lunch and sat and read my book in this peaceful, sunlight open space.

The High Line, New York, New York
* What a gift this walkway/park is to the city of New York. As a pedestrian, it is fun to be three stories above the street level, taking a walk! Plus, it shows how with a little imagination, an old, abandoned raised railroad track can be transformed into a park!

Storm King Art Center, Hudson River Valley, New York
* One fall, we took a trip to the Hudson River Valley and fell upon Storm King. All the large modern art installations are magnificent. But my favorite is The Wall by Andy Goldsmith. There is something uplifting about being outdoors, walking along and then seeing modern art!

Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
* Another large outdoor space is the impeccable gardens on the du Pont’s estate. Now open to the public, visitors can walk and enjoy the flowers and trees in all seasons and at times, enjoy a fountain show.

The Inn at Middleton Place, Charleston, South Carolina
* The inn is a modern-designed set of rooms on the grounds of the Middleton colonial farm along the Ashby River. I enjoyed staying at this hotel designed by one of my husband’s UVA architecture teacher, W.G.Clark. Especially the simple concrete, glass and wood design and the floor to ceiling windows .

Seaside, Florida
* A visit here occurred so my husband could see in-person this 1981 New Urban planned city he learned about in architecture school. Lots of great architects were involved in the design of the houses and buildings in the town. I enjoyed my stay in the cottage on the beach.

The Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain
* What a building designed by Frank Gehry! I toured it with my family just after it opened. Recently, I enjoyed watching this light show video to celebrate its 20th Anniversary.

Venice, Italy
* ALL of Venice is utterly unique. ALL of it!! My husband spent his last semester studying in Venice while getting his Masters at UVA and I joined him for a week. Then we returned three years ago with our girls to share this magical city with them over Christmas and New Years. It is now a family favorite city!

My house, Arlington, Virginia
* My husband designed the house we live in now. He calls it White-Out House because we razed our old house or whited it out, and build this energy-efficient home. Looking back on the kinds of spaces we like to spend time in, I start to see more clearly why my husband designed our home the way he did. I love it!






8 thoughts on “My Top 10 Favorite Spaces

  1. humbleswede says:

    This is really cool. I love the idea. I love Storm King. We go every year with our fifth grade classes. I guess I’d add two items (off the top of my head): one is Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, and the other is Phillip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, CT. Now, I’m adding that Inn in Charleston and the Guggenheim in Bilbao to my list of must-sees. Your house looks pretty amazing, too. Do you give tours?


  2. wordjourneysite says:

    What a great list of places – thank you for including the photos. I know a number of these places, but some are new to me.
    I will have to think of my 10 places – so hard to list just 10. (I notice that you changed it from Adrienne’s 5 to 10:))


  3. mschiubookawrites says:

    This is an absolute WOW post!!!! The pictures and descriptions really reeled me in, and now I look forward to visiting a few new places. My favorites from your post include the Lawn (my husband also went to UVA), the Morgan Library (never been, but looking forward to), and your house (love the modern color palette and windows). Thank you for sharing yet another way we can get writers to share!


  4. amyjuengst says:

    I love this!! And I love several of your favorites…The High Line, UVA’s lawn, Seaside and your HOUSE! I can’t wait to write my own favorite places list. Maybe tomorrow.


  5. franmccrackin says:

    I also love Storm King and Andy Goldsworthy’s sculptures.
    Some of these I will plan to visit!
    While I love the list and the beautiful photos, what I like most about your piece is how you bring personal meaning to each constructed space. You have the architect’s heart 🙂


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